San Diego Business Journal

Manchester Grand Hyatt Completes $100 Million Makeover

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego has completed a $100 million renovation involving all of the hotel’s 1,625 guest rooms, as well as public spaces.

A hotel spokeswoman said the property now has a new Executive Level Lounge, with a shiplike design inspired by San Diego’s U.S.S. Midway, the retired aircraft carrier that now serves as a popular downtown museum.

The renovation, which began in April 2012, included installation of artwork and other décor evoking local icons, such as beaches, military installations and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Bathrooms, corridors and other public areas have been updated, and guest rooms have received media and technology upgrades.

It is the first major renovation in nearly nine years for Manchester Grand Hyatt, the local region’s largest hotel by room count, located at 1 Market Place in downtown San Diego.

The two-tower waterfront hotel was built by a local group led by developer Douglas Manchester, with the first tower opening in 1992 and the second in 2003. Maryland-based Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. purchased the property in 2011 for $570 million.

— SDBJ Staff Report